Monday Meditation: Survival Requires Love

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”

-The Dalai Lama

When we think about what humans need to survive, we often reduce the list to the basic essentials: food, clothing, shelter, and water. Perhaps we can add an income with which to pay for these basics. What gets omitted is interesting: love and compassion.

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Grief 101: Denial

The following series of posts outline the traditional “stages” of grief as presented in Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s On Death and Dying (1969). The stages are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. This post addresses denial.

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Monday Meditation: The Virtue of Compassion

“Compassion is not a popular virtue.”

-Karen Armstrong
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Monday Meditation: Reaping the Fruit

“No one can reap the fruit before planting the trees.” 

-Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
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Monday Meditation: Sewing Desires

“The first principle of success is desire–knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”

-Robert Collier
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Monday Meditation: The Mellow Season

“Autumn’s the mellow time.”

-William Allingham

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Grief 101: The Five Stages of Grief…

At some point in our education about death and grief, we may have heard of the five stages of grieving. As a society we have mistakenly developed a view of the bereavement experience as a sort of numbered pathway that has a distinct beginning and end. However, bereavement professionals have pointed out our flawed application over time. What are these five stages of grief?

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Monday Meditation: Cherished Time

“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.”

-Chadwick Boseman
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Monday Meditation: Accept First

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

-William James
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The Trouble with Coronavirus: How COVID-19 is Challenging American Acceptance of Death

Like many people, I am interested in information about COVID-19. I read news and journal articles about the pandemic and the scientific communities prescribed methods of handling it. I follow the debates about masks and the realness of the disease. I watch people flood beaches and vacation as though the virus isn’t spreading. I listen to people who are offended by mask recommendations and to those who are firmly convinced the virus is a hoax or  a tool for control. And I wonder: why do people disbelieve science and medical experts in favor of opinions, and conspiracy theories that may be more dangerous than the virus?

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Monday Meditation: A Concentration of Patience

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

-Thomas Carlyle
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Grief 101: Bereavement, Grief, & Mourning

We’ve come to describe the experience of loss using the term grief, the descriptor that highlights the emotions associated with loss. Thus, the terms bereavement, grief, and mourning might be used interchangeably to discuss an experience of loss. However, each word reflects a different aspect of the loss experience.

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Monday Meditation: Endure the Calamity

“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.”

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Monday Meditation: A Little Flattery Goes a Long Way

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”

-James Monroe
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Monday Meditation: Fatigue

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”

-Dale Carnegie
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